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    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


    Policy Statement                                                               

    It is the policy of Adelphi University to provide reasonable accommodations or academic adjustments when necessary.


    Reason for Policy                                                                    

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University policy prohibit discrimination in employment and educational programs against qualified individuals with disabilities.


    Who Is Governed by this Policy                                         

    Faculty, Staff and Students


    Policy

    The ADA and applicable state and local laws prohibit employment discrimination against “qualified individuals with disabilities.” Under the ADA, a qualified individual with a disability is an individual with a disability who is qualified for (meets the skill, experience, education, and other job-related requirements) a position held or desired, and who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of a job.

    Adelphi University supports the advancement of qualified employees with disabilities at all levels within the University. The University recognizes that traditional methods, programs, and services may not accommodate the needs of some persons with disabilities.  Upon request, each qualified person with a disability shall receive reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure equal access to employment, educational opportunities, programs, services, and activities, when such accommodation is not an undue hardship on the University.

    Employees who request an accommodation to apply for transfers or promotions or to perform the essential functions of their jobs should notify their supervisors and provide written certification from a physician or individual certified to make such determination, stating the reason for the accommodations and the specifics (including equipment, if any) required to meet the accommodation.  The Office of Human Resources, in consultation with the employee’s Department Head/Dean will determine whether the request is a reasonable accommodation which can be approved.

    Employees who require a reasonable accommodation to apply for transfers or promotions or to perform the essential functions of their jobs should notify their supervisor and provide written certification from a physician or individual certified to make such determination, stating the reason for the accommodations and the specifics (including equipment, if any) required to meet the accommodation to the Office of Human Resources. The Coordinator of Section 504/ADA Compliance Efforts (516 877-3145) can assist employees with disabilities regarding their rights under this law. Employees who believe that they have been unlawfully discriminated against because of their disability may file a complaint with the University Affirmative Action Officer in the Office of Human Resources.

    The Office of Human Resources is available to assist individuals with disabilities by providing information on the availability of services and the procedures for requesting accommodations.

    Individuals who request disability accommodations or obtain disability information should call 516 877-3222. Requests for accommodations should be made at the earliest possible date, in most instances no later than five business days prior to the date by which an accommodation is needed.


    Definitions

    This policy does not have definitions associated with it at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.


    Procedures

    Employees who require a reasonable accommodation to apply for transfers or promotions or to perform the essential functions of their jobs should notify their supervisor and provide written certification from a physician or individual certified to make such determination, stating the reason for the accommodations and the specifics (including equipment, if any) required to meet the accommodation to the Office of Human Resources.


    Forms

    This policy does not have forms associated with it at this time. Upon periodic policy review this area will be evaluated to determine if additional information is needed to supplement the policy.


    Related Information

    More information related to support services for students who need accommodations can be found by contacting the:

    Student Access Office (formerly Disability Support Services)

    Post Hall, First Floor

    1 South Avenue

    P.O. Box 701

    Garden City, New York 11530

    or visiting their webpage:

    https://access-office.adelphi.edu/forms/


    Policy Owner

    Jane Fisher
    516.877.3222
    fisher2@adelphi.edu

    Secondary Contact                                                              

    Karen Loiacono
    516.877.3228
    liacono@adelphi.edu


    Document History                                                      

    • Last Reviewed Date: January 19, 2018
    • Last Revised Date: January 19, 2018
    • Policy Origination Date: Not Known

    Who Approved This Policy                                                  

    Lisa S. Araujo, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Labor Relations

     
     
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